PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – After the hosts scored three straight goals to cut the deficit to one late in the second quarter, the third-ranked Merrimack College men’s lacrosse team responded by tallying 12 of the next 14 goals to help the Warriors stay unbeaten with a 17-8 victory against Pace on Saturday night at Pace Stadium.
Score: Merrimack 17, Pace 8
Records: #3 Merrimack (5-0, 4-0 NE-10) | Pace (3-2, 0-1 NE-10)
Location: Pace Field | Pleasantville, N.Y.
Links: Box Score
How It Happened
Facing a Pace squad that was receiving votes in the most recent USILA Coaches’ Poll, Merrimack made the trip down to Pleasantville looking to push its perfect start to 5-0 against a Setters team that had won three of their first four games to start the season.
Merrimack raced out to a four-goal lead, outscoring the Setters by a 5-1 margin in the first quarter. But the hosts made it a one-goal game (5-4) with three straight tallies, but the Warriors scored five goals in the final four minutes of the half – including two in a seven-second span in the last 12 seconds of the period – to take that momentum away and stake itself a 10-4 advantage at the break.
Pace never got closer than five goals, as Merrimack tacked on seven more goals the rest of the way while the defense allowed only two more markers to account for the final margin of victory.
Notes and Numbers
- Junior midfielder Jack Trask (Colorado Springs, Colo.) highlighted the Warrior offense with a career-high six points on three goals and three helpers, highlighting five multi-goal performances for the visitors on Saturday
- Classmate John Bassett (Clifton Park, N.Y.) had another impressive outing, finding the back of the net four times while dishing an assist
- Also notching a hat trick was sophomore Kyle Stenberg (Annandale, N.J.), while junior Max Allen (West Caldwell, N.J.) finished with two goals, as well
- Finally, senior Corey Davidson (Marshfield, Mass.) scored twice and assisted on another to post a career-high three points, as well
- Merrimack’s defense caused an impressive 11 turnovers, including three off the stick of senior Scott Corcoran (Haverhill, Mass.)
- Sophomore faceoff man Blake Boudreau (Amherst, N.H.) was strong again on the X, winning 15-of-26 (57.7%) matchups
- Sophomore Sam Ventresca (Woburn, Mass.) finished with three saves over 57 minutes before classmate Mitch Green (Manchester, N.H.) manned the net the final 2:35 of the game and finished with three saves
- EMO: Merrimack (3-7) // PACE (2-6)
- SOG: Merrimack – 31 // PACE – 14
- Ground Balls: Merrimack – 42 // PACE – 28
- Clears: Merrimack (18-for-21) // PACE (13-for-17)
Merrimack will visit the current No. 2 in the country in conference rival Le Moyne next Saturday (March 19) afternoon as league play continues. The two sides will be squaring off for the first time since the Dolphins edged the Warriors in overtime in last year’s NCAA Semifinals in Syracuse.